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Meeting Notes from November 24, 2020
The Light for November 24, 2020
By Neil Gambow
The virtual meeting was called to order by President Chris at 7:30 a.m. on the dot with ringing his bell, followed by reciting Why We Are Rotarians
The thoughts for the day from Neil Gambow:
  • “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” —Vivian Greene
  • “The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.”  Mark Twain
Chris Joyce – Nothing new in the Rotary world this week. 
Linda Gerber - Thanks to the Nominations Committee and the Rotarians who stepped forward to serve our Rotary Club and the community we serve. These are the latest additions to our slate of nominees for RY 2021-22:
  • ELRC Foundation Treasurer: Kristin Brown
  • Club Treasurer: Kate Collinson
  • Young Leaders Chair: Chris Joyce
We are still looking for a Programs Chair. Please contact Linda, Kathy, Bryant, or Katherine if you'd like to nominate yourself or someone else.
Yves Lassere – Announced Global Grant GG2016697 - HIV Reduction in Kenya - was approved on Nov. 23 by The Rotary Foundation for $98,000.
  • Thanks to the team members, starting with the members of the Siaya Rotary Club who have done a lot of work on the ground in Kenya to support the application documentation. They are: Richard Chocho Owino, Edward Otieno, Rose Waringa, Auscar Wambiya, and Phyllis Magina of The ABCs of Sex Education.
  • The members of the Lighthouse Rotary Club are:  Kathy Tate-Bradish, Linda Gerber, Patrick Mbullo, Gary Peterson, and Steve Carlson.
  • We also want to thank Bruce Baumberger and Chris Joyce for their support. Thanks also to the club at large for all the support over the past two years.
  • Today we celebrate this important milestone, understanding more hard work lies ahead to make this project a successful one.
Bruce Baumberger
  • Our Holiday Sale is in full swing.  Sales are just under $20,000 to date, which is on track.  Steve Goranson, Joan Borg, and Bruce are manning a “Hot Line” in case you have issues with anything related to the Holiday Sale.
  • If orders are paid by check, hold them until the delivery dates and then contact Joan Borg to arrange delivery of the checks to her. 
Zbig Skiba – We will be doing another tree planting this spring.  The cost is $80 per tree.  Hopefully, this will be a welcome in-person event.  More information will be forthcoming. 
Katherine Peterson
  • The weekly walks are suspended for now due to the pandemic rules.  Feel free to contact a fellow Rotarian if you want to do a walk.
  • We will be sponsoring a “bonfire” event at Emily Oaks on Saturday, Dec. 19.  Practicing social distancing of course.  More information will be forthcoming from Katherine.
  • Please continue to attend the Friday afternoon virtual cocktail hours on Zoom.  One of these will be our virtual Holiday Party.  The date will be announced soon for this special Zoom party.
  • A Club Service meeting will be held immediately after today’s meeting via Zoom.
Gary Peterson – As Foundation Chair this year, he mentioned we gave $26,700 last year and are currently only at $3,455.  There is still plenty of time to donate at  Click on “Annual Fund” and go from here to donate online.  Remember, our donations come back to our club as matching grant funds three years from now. 
Ann Weatherhead
  • Affordable Housing Project Approved - Monday night (November 23) City Council approved plans for a 16-story affording housing building at 1900 Sherman Ave.  The vote was unanimous!
    • Mixed income building with 168 units.  51 affordable units for seniors.   This represents an 11% increase in affordable housing for seniors.
    • To be built by the Housing Authority of Cook County (HACC) using HACC’s own funds (not public money) and will be located next to the HACC public housing building known as the Perlman.
    • This is a unique financing approach that is adding a new source of affordable housing to the community.
While we can pause to celebrate this win, there is still much more to be done.It is estimated that an additional 6,000 affordable housing units are needed in the Evanston/Skokie area.
  • New Project at Joining Forces: Joining Forces is currently working on a revised/updated Housing 101 training program to inform and educate our community about Affordable Housing. 
  • Topics include:
    • What is considered Affordable Housing?
    • Current needs in our community
    • Benefits of Affordable to individuals and to our community
    • Affordable Housing as an Equity Issue
Bryant Wallace – needs volunteers to deliver groceries to families on Wednesday, Nov. 25.  Email him and he will give you the exact information to support the C&W Market and the deliveries.
Patrick Mbullo - The International Service Committee met on Monday, Nov. 23, and approved three grants:
  • $2,400 for a program in Turkey.
  • $2,100 for a program in India.
  • $3,000 for a program in Kenya. 
Roasts & Boasts
Dave Simmons – Boasted Kathy Tate-Bradish, Bill Glader, Willie Steinert, and Holly (Ken Green’s wife) for helping with the Bundled Blessings diaper pickup and delivery on short notice.
Kathy Tate-Bradish – Boasted Yves Lassere for his work on the aforementioned global grant award. 
Speaker: David Baskin
Topic: Ani Shliahi (“I am Third”)
David Baskin is the Co-Founder and CEO of Ani Shlishi (“I am Third”), a nonprofit organization based in Israel, providing opportunities for self-advancement and meaningful employment for Israel’s at-risk youth ages 15–18.
He has strategic and operational responsibility for the organization’s programming, expansion, recruitment, management of staff, and execution of the mission. 
David was introduced to us by David Spitulnik, who was here as our guest today. Last year, he spoke to our high school students at the Youth Leadership Day at Rotary International. The students awarded David an international service grant, and the ELRC International Service Committee followed suit, with a second grant. 
David grew up in Evanston, where he volunteered with the James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy, assisting with the courtroom and post-courtroom procedures. He also worked as a team coach and camp leader.
David graduated from Denison University in 2012 as captain of the varsity BASEBALL team and with a B.A. in Anthropology/Sociology. He immigrated to Israel the following year. There, he served in the Israel Defense Forces in the Nachal Infantry Brigade -- Special Forces Unit in Operation “Good Neighbor” in Syria. 
In 2018, he was the youngest recipient of the ETHS Distinguished Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award in the award’s 126-year history. 
David is a member of Israel’s branch of the Global Shapers Community, an organization working to address local, regional, and global challenges through the World Economic Forum.
Ani Shlishi is a non-profit organization that supports at-risk youth by employing them in two stores that sell second-hand clothing.  It provides opportunities for self-advancement and meaningful employment for Israel’s at-risk youth.  Through the power of meaningful employment, Ani Shlishi gives these at-risk youths the motivation to succeed and the skills and resources required to do so. 
These at-risk youths are referred to them and come from many of the diverse Jewish communities.  Many are from broken homes, suffer from homelessness as well as other barriers to success. 
The key to integration into Israeli society is service in the Israeli military.  All Israeli youth at the age of 18 are expected to join for a mandatory military two-year stint.  Many bonds are formed through this experience. 
The at-risk youth in the Ani Shlishi program do not have that experience as they are deemed unfit to serve because of their at-risk barriers.  The Ani Shlishi program is set up to help these disadvantaged young people develop the skills and contacts to join the mainstream society as a productive member. The case of the first participant was presented and showed how successful the program is in creating a young person with new hope. According to her, just having an adult caring about her was cathartic. 
The coronavirus has taken a severe toll on the youth and young people in Israel.  There is a 47% increase in homeless youth, a 72% increase in youth reporting depression, anxiety, and loneliness.  40% report use of alcohol and drugs to cope.  The two shops are currently closed, resulting in a drop in revenue and slowing their growth. To support the youth, an alumni program has been initiated to assist in finding meaningful employment.  Courses in many of the skills needed to secure employment are part of this program.
Two short videos were shown to support the presentation.  If we want more information on the organization or wish to donate, please go to their web site at
David Baskin
Guests and Milestones
Visiting Rotarians
  • Phylis Nasubo Magina, president, Rotary Club of Busia, Kenya; managing director, The ABCs of Sex Education: Kufanya Uamuzi Bora
  • Richard Chocho Owino, past president, Siaya Rotary Club; chair of the HIV Global Grant
  • Rev. Edward Otieno, past president, Siaya Rotary Club
  • Rose Waringa, President-elect, Siaya Rotary Club
  • Merceline Aluoch Amuga, Siaya Rotary Club
  • Auscar Wambiya, president, Siaya Rotary Club
Dale Bradley